Third annual donation drive a success thanks to casino employees and guests!
(Wheeling, WV – September 12, 2012) -  Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack concluded its third annual donation drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The donation drive lasting the month of August included contributions made by Wheeling Island employees and casino guests. Wheeling Island employees were encouraged to participate through Jeans and Jersey days, which allowed staff to wear jeans and their favorite team jersey to work every Sunday in August for a $3 donation. Casino guests contributed cash, table chips or slot tickets into a donation drop box on the gaming floor adding to the cause.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of our associates and guests who donated,” says Jim Simms, President and General Manager of Wheeling Island. “Our donations will assist MDA in their efforts of finding a cure for muscular dystrophy.”
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and support services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. With national headquarters in Tucson, MDA has more than 200 local offices across the country, sponsors some 200 medical clinics and supports more than 300 research projects around the world.
MDA is the nation’s largest nongovernmental funder of scientific research seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program. MDA has funded the discovery of the genetic underpinnings of almost all diseases in its program — including the muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and several other neuromuscular diseases — and treatments based on this knowledge are being developed, with support from MDA.
The Association's comprehensive services program includes diagnostic and follow-up medical consultations, flu shots, support groups, MDA summer camps for youngsters, a national medical equipment program, assistance with equipment repairs and modifications, and resource referrals.
Through its national advocacy program, MDA works to make life better for people with muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases by providing representation in matters of public policy and research advancement, nationally and internationally; and facilitating active involvement in these areas by the people it serves.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 24 table games, 9-table poker room, over 1,600 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, live Greyhound racing, four restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.
Wheeling Island recently won 9 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2012 readers poll including Best Reel Slots for the 4th consecutive year.
Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.
Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.



Kimberly Florence
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Email: kflorence@dncinc.com
Phone: 304-231-1839
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